Ulefone Armor 3 Review

15 December 2018, 10:19:21

Ulefone Armor 3 Review
You can buy an Ulefone Armor 3 at a promotional price from Amazon DE, Ulefone's official store on AliExpress, GearBest or Banggood.

Primary camera

It's been awhile since we've reviewed a smartphone with a single rear camera and the Ulefone Armor 3 offers a welcomed change. The main shooter of the model packs a 21MP Sony IMX230 Exmor RS sensor with a 1/2.4" optical format and 1.12μm pixels size. It is paired with a 5-element lens with an f/1.8 aperture and is aided by a dual-tone LED flash and phase detection autofocus. The camera makes photos with a resolution of 5312 x 3984 pixels and shoots 1080p videos at 30 fps. Other smartphones that we have reviewed and use the same sensor for their primary cameras are the Zopo Speed 8, LeEco Le Max 2 (X820), Meizu Pro 6, Vernee Apollo, Doogee S60, Elephone P8 (2017).

Secondary camera

The front-facing camera of the Ulefone Armor 3 uses an 8MP OmniVision OV8856 sensor, software interpolated to 13 megapixels and paired with an f/2.4 lens. The camera takes photos with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and shoots 720p videos at 30 fps. The 8MP OV8856 sensor is used by the front cameras of the following smartphones we have reviewed: Zopo Speed 8, ZTE Axon 7, Asus ZenFone 3 ZE552KL, LeEco Coolpad Cool1 dual, Oukitel U13, Blackview BV7000 Pro, Ulefone T1, Ulefone Armor 2, Cubot X18, Leagoo KIICAA MIX, Doogee Mix 2, Oukitel K8000, Vernee X, Ulefone Power 3, Doogee BL12000 Pro, Doogee S50, UMIDIGI A3.

Camera App

The Camera app interface is quite simple. The shutter button is in the bottom's centre with the shortcut to the list of images and videos to its left and the shortcut to the filters to its right. Three shooting modes are listed horizontally above the shutter button and include - Photo (default), Video, and Panorama. The top of the screen is occupied by the camera settings icon, flash and HDR options, the camera switch icon. The camera settings for photos include a choice of resolutions, ZSD, a choice of scenes, white balance, ISO, image properties, etc. The video settings also offer a choice of resolutions, scenes, white balance and the other usual settings but also a toggle for recording audio and a choice of video formats. The interface for the front camera is exactly the same with the exception of some features that are simply not supported - flash options, panorama shooting, and of course - different photo and video resolutions. Photo editing is performed after opening an image with the Photos app. It offers various filters and effects, adjustment of the position of the frame and of several image properties such as contrast, brightness, saturation, etc. Google Lens is not included.

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